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Alumni Honored at AOA Meeting in Denver

SCO alumni were among those in the spotlight at last month's American Optometric Association's annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. 

Billy Cochran, OD '68, received special recognition with the 2018 ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award. 


Pictured L-R celebrating the occasion were Kristin Anderson, OD, Bart Campbell, OD '87, Dave Damari, OD, Lewis Reich, OD, PhD, Dr. Cochran, Carolyn Cochran, Steven Reed, OD '95, Sandra Stephens, Marty Regan, and Lisa Wade, OD '84. 


In addition to Dr. Cochran's recognition, the following alumni received these honors at the AOA meeting:

  • David Cockrell, OD '81, was inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame.
  • Matt Jones, OD '09, was named the AOA's Young OD of the Year.
  • Bart Campbell, OD '87, Vice President for Academic Affairs, was recognized for completing eight years of service leading the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. 


Bart Campbell, OD '87, pictured with his President's Award for Distinguished Service to Optometry.


Congratulations to all of our alumni on their awards and special recognition at last month's AOA meeting! 

Posted by Jennifer Sharp at 7/26/18

Dr. Nicole Patterson Named Assistant Dean of NSU College of Optometry

Nicole Patterson, O.D., '02, M.S., FAAO was recently appointed as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions of NSU’s College of Optometry. She will assume the role in July.
Currently, she is the Director of Educational Effectiveness and Outcomes Assessment.  She also serves as Chief of Low Vision Rehabilitation and Geriatrics at the college’s clinical branch, The Eye Care Institute and associate professor of the college where she has served as a faculty member since 2005. She has received numerous accolades including Low Vision Preceptor of the Year Award, President’s Distinguished Professor Award–Excellence in Optometry, and Dean’s Recognition for Significant Contribution.
Patterson earned her Doctor of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry (SCO) in Memphis, TN in 2002 and went on to complete a low vision rehabilitation residency at the College. She joined SCO's faculty in 2003 as a clinical instructor focusing on low vision rehabilitation, pediatrics and vision therapy services. In 2004, she was appointed SCO's Coordinator of Community Outreach.
While on the faculty at NSU in 2008, Patterson became an adjunct faculty member for Florida State University where she taught courses in the Master in Visual Disabilities program until 2014. She completed a Master of Science in Medical Education degree at NSU in 2013.
Patterson, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, lectures nationally and internationally in the areas of low vision, classroom-learning strategies for children with vision loss, and student engagement in professional education. She has presented posters in the area of low vision and has clinical research interests in the areas of pediatric vision loss, and student success in professional education.
Posted by Jennifer Sharp at 6/14/18

Kendall Krug, OD, '85, Named 2018 Optometrist of the Year

Kendall Krug, OD, '85, was recognized as the 2018 Optometrist of the Year by the Kansas Optometric Association (KOA) during their Annual Convention and Seminar in Wichita, Kansas. This is the highest award an optometrist can receive from the KOA and is in recognition of personal sacrifices to advance the profession and the welfare of the public.  


A 1985 graduate of Southern College of Optometry, Dr. Krug was recognized for his work with the Kansas Optometric Association, including his service through the organization’s Low Vision and Third Party committees, as well as his contributions as a lecturer on low vision and other topics around the country.

Dr. Krug has also played a key role in the KanLoveKids Program. Through this program, which is coordinated through the Kansas Lions Club and Lions Club International Foundation, Dr. Krug provides low vision services to children in their communities.  Dr. Krug was recognized through his contributions to this program with the Claude DeVorss Fellowship, a humanitarian service award presented by the Kansas Lions Sight Foundation.  

Dr. Krug is currently part of a task force working to update the school screening standards in the state and is active in educating policymakers about vision care issues affecting patients across Kansas. 

Previously, Dr. Krug was recognized by the Kansas Optometric Association with the Distinguished Service and Legislative Service awards.

Currently, Dr. Krug practices in Hays, Kansas.

Posted by Jennifer Sharp at 6/6/18

SCO Appoints J. Bart Campbell, OD, ‘87 As New Corporate Officer

J. Bart Campbell, OD, ’87, has recently been appointed as the Vice President of the Corporation. In his new role effective July 1, Dr. Campbell will work alongside the board of directors to maintain SCO’s status as a non-profit organization. 

Dr. Campbell will maintain his roles as Professor and Vice-President for Academic Affairs for the College. Also an author on numerous publications and two book chapters dealing with his areas of interest, Dr. Campbell has presented lectures at SCO-sponsored continuing education, at the American Academy of Optometry, and at several other organizations.

He is also a member of the American Optometric Association, the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Chair of the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. 

Dr. Campbell has served on numerous committees, including: a National Board of Examiners in Optometry Examination Construction Committee, the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry Residency Affairs Committee, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education Residency Committee, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education Leadership and Professional Development Committee, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education Quality Improvement Committee, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education Planning Committee, the American Academy of Optometry Region 2 Admittance Committee, and the American Academy of Optometry Resident's Day Committee. 

Posted by Jennifer Sharp at 5/30/18

Dr. C. Ellis Potter Receives Doctor of Ocular Science Degree and Delivers Commencement Address

C. Ellis Potter, OD ’67, FAAO, was chosen to receive SCO’s Doctor of Ocular Science degree and deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2018. Known for his longtime service to VOSH International and other international causes, Dr. Potter was recognized by the American Academy of Optometry in 2017 with its Brien Holden Humanitarian Award.

Dr. Bart Campbell, SCO’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, presenting the honorary degree to Dr. Potter.
In private practice in Iola, Kansas, Dr. Potter has served on numerous committees as well as Editor of the Kansas Optometric Journal. Active in his local Rotary Club, he is a member of the Rotary Action Group for Avoidable Blindness.
In 2008, Dr. Potter and his local Rotarians formed the Vision Quest International Foundation, whose purpose is the education and alleviation of Refractive Error Blindness. He has led the organization as president. A member of VOSH-Kansas and a Fellow of VOSH International, Dr. Potter has led or participated in numerous VOSH medical missions. He was awarded the VOSH/International Dr. Harry I. Zelter Lifetime Achievement Award at the VOSH/International annual meeting in Chicago in October 2017.

Posted by Jennifer Sharp at 5/11/18